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Anca Romantan, assistant professor of Communication, died April 14 at her home in Arlington after a long struggle with lung cancer.

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Richard N. Palmer has taken over as the new head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.

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George Flood, 78, of Worcester, a former assistant football coach, died April 13 at the Hermitage Nursing Center in Worcester.

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Pamela Monaco has been named director of the University Without Walls program, according to Vice Provost for Outreach Sharon Fross. Monaco will assume her new responsibilities in mid-May.

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Professor Daniel Schaubert of Electrical and Computer Engineering has been selected to receive the 2008 John Kraus Antenna Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Antennas and Propagation Society.

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Psychology professor James (Mike) Royer received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Education Alumni Association on April 12.

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Softball coach Elaine Sortino notched her 1,000th career win April 13 as the Minutewomen swept a doubleheader against Temple.

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Henry J. Kwiatkowski, 85, of Chicopee, former head janitor in the Student Union, died April 13.

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Brian Umberger, assistant professor of Kinesiology, gave an invited lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab on April 11.

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Chih-Ming Yin, 64, retired professor of Entomology and a resident of Amherst for 30 years, died April 5 in Los Angeles.

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